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School tie

Black school V-necked pullover with crest

White shirt (long sleeved)

Formal black trousers for boys

Formal black trousers or knee length skirt for girls

Black leather or leather-type shoes

Please note

No Make-up or Nail varnish is permitted. NO jewellery is permitted except for a wrist watch, small signet-type ring and 1 ear stud (silver or gold metal) in each lobe. Eye brow, nose, tongue and lip jewellery is not permitted.

Outer Garments must be intended for outdoor use only; pullovers, non-uniform sweatshirts etc. are not permitted. Likewise hats are only permitted if it is raining or very cold and should be removed upon entry in to the school. Training shoes are not permitted and should be removed upon entry in to school, except during PE sessions. Knee length boots should not be worn.

Hair Colour must be natural. Streaks and coloured overtones are only acceptable if the colours are natural; even then extremes are not permitted e.g. black hair with blonde streaks or 3 contrasting colours.


Students in breach of school rules regarding uniform without explanatory notes are likely to be placed in the inclusion room in the first instance. If in doubt, please contact the school for clarification.

Physical Education Kit/Equipment Expectations and Procedures

The aim of the PE Department Kit expectations is to ensure consistent and safe participation in Physical Education for all students in all lessons. Appropriate clothing is essential for safe participation in physical education and The Duchess’s Community High School PE kit is students’ uniform for their physical education lessons.

PE Kit

Students are expected to arrive at EVERY PE lesson with the correct PE kit,

This consists of:

  • Plain Red Duchess’s Community High School Polo Shirt
  • Plain Black shorts
  • Plain Black Tracksuit Bottoms/Sports leggings
  • Red football socks for outdoor activities and black or white ankle socks for indoor activities
  • Appropriate footwear (please see ‘Appropriate Footwear’ Section)
  • Duchess’s Community High School sports hoody and/or Black and Red reversible rugby top.

PE kit can be purchased from the schools’ uniform supplier and appropriate shorts/tracksuit bottoms/footwear can also be purchased from various sports retailers. – If a student arrives at lessons without the correct PE kit (as outlined above) the department has a stock of spare kit that the student will be expected to wear for that lesson.

Failure to comply with this will result in the student being removed from the lesson (by way of Duty Support) in line with school and department behaviour policy.

If a student has an injury/illness or any other reason why they are not able to take part physically in lessons they must provide a note from their Parent/Guardian to explain the reasons behind their non-participation. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO STILL BRING APPROPRIATE PE KIT AND FOOTWEAR EVEN IF THEY HAVE A NOTE EXCUSING THEM FROM TAKING PART PHYSICALLY IN LESSONS. Students will be expected to take part in lessons in some form (referee, coach, umpire, helping with equipment etc.) and as such should be suitably dressed in PE Kit to do so. Being in full kit will enable students to fully partake in the activity when they return to full health, it prevents their school uniform from getting damaged in inclement weather and in cases of illness, it prevents conditions from worsening as students still have their dry uniform to get changed into if it is raining during the lesson. Where an injury or illness prevents students from being able to get changed easily, PE staff will use their discretion to allow that student to stay in their school uniform and contribute to lessons in an appropriate manner. In line with department policy outlined above ‘excused’ students who do not bring appropriate kit will be expected to borrow some from the PE stock and face sanctions outlined above should they not comply.

Appropriate Footwear 

Footwear needs to be fit for purpose and appropriate for the lesson location and surface.

Football boots (studded or bladed) are strongly recommended for activities that are carried out on the playing field during the winter months (football, rugby, cross country).

Trainers and indoor footwear should be in good condition and suitable for the activity being undertaken.

For dance and gymnastics, students will be expected to be barefoot when performing – exceptions to this are the wearing of ballet shoes/ dance shoes which are suitable for gymnastics. Tights are not to be worn when trampolining.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The PE Department strongly advises that students should wear appropriate PPE where necessary.

These include:  Football – shin pads  Rugby, hockey – mouth/gum guard

These can be purchased from all good sports retailers. These are not compulsory, however advised.

Jewellery & Personal Effects

Jewellery, watches (including “Fitbit” type devices) and bracelets/wristbands are not allowed to be worn in PE lessons and must be removed for all lessons. Therefore, should students wish to get their ears pierced this should be completed at the start of the summer holidays so earrings can be removed from September. In circumstances where this is not possible, students will be asked to apply tape over the piercings/jewellery.

Long hair should be tied back at all times – hair ties/bobbles should be provided by those students involved.

Chewing gum is NOT PERMITTED anywhere in the PE Department or school.


Should students require the use of an inhaler they must have it with them for EVERY PE lesson and either pass it to their teacher before taking part in physical activity, or keep the inhaler in a safe and easily accessible place.

PE Kit Sanctions

The following sanctions will apply to students who do not come to lessons with the correct PE kit: A kit mark shall be given for each occurrence of a student failing to arrive to lessons with the full correct PE kit. These will be reset at the end of each two week cycle

1st  and 2nd Kit Mark –  Initials added to Changing room whiteboard and warning given.

3rd Kit Mark – Break time detention, to be completed on the next break (I.E- Period 1 kit mark will complete detention on the same day, anything after P1 will be completed on the following break).

(Letter/Phone call) Persistent kit issues (defined as 6 or more incidences over an Academic Term) will result in liaison with parent/guardian. Students who have persistent organisational issues or any mitigating circumstances have the option to leave their PE kit in a safe place within the PE department. In exceptional circumstances, where it is not possible for students’ to be in the correct PE kit, every effort should be made to bring the appropriate alternative kit, similar in colour to the school PE kit.